SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - State Representative David Baria (D) is asking the Mississippi National Guard to investigate the service record of Congressman Steven Palazzo (R)
Baria confirmed to WLOX News Now that he sent a letter to the Inspector General of the Mississippi National Guard on Wednesday asking them to look into allegations that Palazzo did not fulfill his military duty with the 155th Bravo Company in Poplarville.
Baria said he received numerous messages from people asking for answers after a member of Palazzo's until came forward saying Palazzo did not report for drill with the 155th. Baria then spoke with Retired Staff Sergeant Rolan Wade who came forward last week criticizing Palazzo's service record, saying his absences earned the Congressman the nickname "No Show Palazzo"
"I sent a letter to the Inspector General of the Mississippi National Guard and asked him to look into the allegations and report back if there's truth to them," said Baria.
One of Palazzo's challengers in the 4th District Congressional race was the first to raise questions publicly about Palazzo's service record.
On Tuesday, Palazzo's Chief of Staff Casey Street said the congressman has fulfilled all his drilling requirements with the guard, the vast majority at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg. Palazzo also reportedly spent time drilling at Joint Force Headquarters in Jackson.
Last week, guard officials told WLOX News Now that Palazzo was accruing points toward his military retirement, indicating the congressman was in fact serving duty.